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part of the fabric of this community. as an overview of what we will present this afternoon. i would like to give you a contents of a-g requirements and the status of the first graduating class that will have to meet the a-g requirements. i have colleagues here who will talk about the budget. that will give you an update on our budget status and how the budget cuts have affected our a-g progress. and our assistance high school principal will talk about concrete immediate actions associated with this appropriation. with that by way of context the board of education approved a policy in 2009 to raise the graduation requirements so all students graduating from the
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school system would meet uclg requirements. that was gone so that once they gra grade -- graduate and receive university admission. the policy was that equity and goals should be for all students. and the class of 2014 is the first class to graduate with these new high school requirements. this year's high school juniors. but what is sad at the same time. in 2009 to the present when the policy was passed. the district has had over $77 million in cuts to funding. that devastated the district's ability to provide the safety net that every student is on track for a-g. and we have been impacted through this action plan.
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i receive the question if the passage of prop 30 fix it. there are no new funds with prop 30. what it does is stabilize the base. and the base is an old base. it's not restoring anything. it's starting the hemorrhaging, if you will. >> before you go forward. i think what is not clear to me. so i understand that the a-g graduation policy was put in place by the school board previously. i think that many members of the board supported that concept as well. when you say that the funding cuts have hampered the progress of a-g. i am not sure what that means. what would a-g or creating that requirement mean? would the school district have to increase instruction or what is not moved forward? >> thank you for that question,
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supervisor chu. i mean there is a safety net to increase the rigors for graduation. there is a higher bar to get a diploma. and associated with that is a series of safety nets to get this rigorous diploma. part of that it eliminated seven periods, and now our high schools have six periods per day that a student can take as a full class load. and when you eliminate classes and that eliminates the periods. and if a student doesn't do well in an a-g class and the elimination of a period prevents them from taking that class again. and we had to eliminate all evening school options for our students. we eliminated summer school
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options for the students. so there is a number of constraints that we would have continued to fund and have limited to students because of the decreased funding associated with the funding of the school district. and coincided with this a-g policy. we will share more details with you throughout the presentation. and at this point i would like to ask deputy superintendent lee take us through the slides and the budget and the current state and how that affects this potential appropriation. >> thank you, superintendent and thank you supervisors. i will speak to one slide, it's a story, it's a graph that tells an important story about the history of our funding over the last five years. and some of you i believe have seen this before.
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so i appreciate you indulging me. and this revenue funding is the primary source of funding for school districts in california. most school districts including ours. and the left of that chart is from fy-2007-08. and it show that is we received on per unit average daily attendance funding of 5776 per student. six years ago. and the top line, the blue line shows what the state should have funded per unit of ada to meet their statutory cost of living adjustments.
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that's based on a formula in statute. and it's representing what we should receive year to year. you see from 07-08 from that level of 5776, cola did increase each year. and in 12-13, the current fiscal year, we should receive $6,697 per unit of ada or student. and that has not happened. and what has happened is the orange line. that shows the actual. not inflation adjusted. just the actual amount of revenue funding we have received for each student. instead of going up and matching the blue line or even staying flat. matching the purple line. we have seen significant reductions shown by the orange line. we went from 5776 to 5326, a
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steep drop in the following year, 09-10. and a little loss recovered but then treading water since then. that last line, 12-13 where it splits between the 5204 and the 4764 level, that represents the outcome of prop 30. if it had not passed, we would have additional reduction of more than $400 per student in the middle of the fiscal year. because it passed, we are able to avoid the cuts and maintain the funding we had last year. but it's not an increase in funding compared to prior years. this orange line started off at
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important but not cataclysmic different or short fall from the statutory funding levels in 08-09. but that widened, this gap has widened. and when the superintendent mentioned we have a $77 million gap. now if you compare the 6997 that we should receive. and 5204 that we are receiving. you multiply by the total population of the district, that's $77 million less we are receiving than from the state this year. this will probably occur for the foreseeable future. this is really the best encapsalation of what the state, how far the state has fallen short for funding of schools for
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the last four to five years. if you take the gap from 5776 level in 07-08, and the difference each year and added compared to the purple line, flat funding. we have lost $146 million of these funds since 07-08. just in terms of maintaining a baseline that it would be far short of the state's responsibility to fully fund education. another term for this gap between the blue and orange lines is the deficit factor. it's a term in california school of finance. and that is now over 22%. so for every dollar of baseline revenues we should be receiving, we are receiving 78 cents of funding. and that is being scored and tabulated each year by the
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state. and it is hopefully going to be restored over time. but in the past six years we have been making do with the resources you see on this chart. >> just to clarify, that's the projected statutory cola, the difference between that and the orange line? >> that's correct. >> and that's what is calculated with the state and hopefully there is repayment of that gap. >> correct, supervisor. just a couple of other points that are pertinent to the item before you. in the spring of 2009, was when the board of education passed its a-g graduation requirements. you see in this context that was right before this precipitous decrease in the state's funding for schools. the board of ed passed the graduation requirements in may of 2009. the budget from the state for
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fy-09/10 had not yet been passed. and that occurred several months later. and the result of that budget, you see the significant decrease in funding. that's one point to note. and as the superintendent mentioned in that fiscal year, 09-10, we did make reductions to close this gap. which we are abruptly faced with. many reductions across the budget, including credit recovery and summer school and evening school. that's the historical back drop for the situation we are in now. and you will hear from dr. schultz a lot of emerging strategies how we hope with the city's support to help the class of 2014, as many as possible to meet the a-g graduation
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requirements. supervisor chu asked that i address the issue of school direct -- district refer -- reserves. in the last the budget was $150 million. and that includes $6 million of required reserves. we have requirement for the positive certification from the state. of 2% of our total general fund expenditures. and we have certain other designated reserves for prepaid health care prem yiums. that's about $15 million. if we fall short of that we are
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subject to state intercession. and we meat -- met and exceeded that requirement. we have a structural deficit for the current fiscal year and the years 2013, 14, and that is $34 million each year. our projections is now that we will reduce that fund balance in the current year to about $26 million at the end of the current fiscal year. and next year that we will -- if we don't take very serious steps to reduce expenditures or increase revenues, that we will actually have a negative ending fund balance of $4 million. and considering that we must maintain a positive fund balance of $15 million, that will give
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us short fall. >> just to be clear your reserve is $50 million dollars and 15 i required. and at the end of this year you expect to be at a level of $26 million. >> correct. >> what is the balance you used to plug your budget this year? the difference between the 50 million and the 26 million. you are using the reserve to balance. >> correct, drawing down reserves to reducing the fund balance by that amount. >> okay, and i guess the other question, it's clear in terms of summer school that was cut and evening school. those are areas where the school
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district decided to make cuts when you received cuts from the state. and it was mentioned that you moved from seventh period to sixth period issue and what was that related to? >> it wasn't a policy that we applied uniformly to our schools. however, in our district we have still a fair degree of site-based decision making around how each school establishes its budgetary priorities. we allocate funds every year to each school and they have to make decisions about how they invest those funds. it had been the case in several schools that historically had been able to create a seventh period schedule during the day. each student taking six courses.
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and as the funding was diminished by the state. and we had to respond, as the district. we also had to reduce our site budgets to a certain extent. in several cases as we limited the amount of discretion that individual school sites had in their budgets. several of them made reductions in their schedule. going from a seven-period day to a six-period day. not all schools had a seven-period day to begin with. but of those that did, they had to reduce to sixth period day. that's not something that we mandated but as they determined their budgetary priorities and try to reduce their budget, several did reduce to a
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six-period day. >> thank you. >> i believe that dr. schultz will give the details. >> good afternoon, supervisors. thank you for having me here, having us here. i will talk today about the action steps we are taking both immediate. and also if there is any longer term systemic questions you have. in terms of the immediate needs around the class of 2014. that's the first class under the new requirements. the first step is to clearly define where the students were in making progress towards the new graduation requirements. and to define to help us with a plan to reach the students to
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see which ones a little off track. which ones are longer and what courses are needed. and within that also developed individual plans for students, community outreach and a plan for expanding opportunities for students to earn those credits. and then we added in an accountability piece to make sure we are holding ourselves accountable to ourselves and the community. it becomes pretty complicated. and if use any terms that are sort of educationesque, interrupt me and ask for clarity. looking at students and seeing on track and off track and terms a-g and graduation requirements. there are a few things to understand, that our graduation policy is aligned with the university of california requirements.
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and they require that students pass all courses with "c" or better. our requirements are that they pass with "d" or better. along with a-g, we are required for graduation requirements such as p.e. and our own requirements of college and career and health courses. when you look at students in high school you don't progress with age but by credits. no matter your age, you have to obtain credits. you don't become a 10th grader until you have 55 credits. and you don't graduate until you obtain 230. you can have credits but if they are not in a class with graduation requirements. you still won't graduate. if if you are missing what we call benchmark classes. core classes that are required
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for graduation. such as four years of english and two of math and sciences, etc., you will not graduate. so that context is important in terms of looking at our students and where they are towards graduation. our first group of students are students on track. they are a current group of juniors. and we are doing this data on a junior class, and now we have run this on our current sophomores so we can track their progress as well. in our current juniors you should have 110 credits if you are on track. but you should met your benchmark courses. meaning two years of core english and math and science and social studies classes. if you have your credit but you are missing benchmarks. again you may appear to be junior by credit. but you are not on track for
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graduation. because you need to have those required courses. and that's the second category. and if you are off track, and a year or less behind in credits than where you should be entering high school. if you are moderately off track, you are two years behind and severe is those in third year of high school but haven't completed what someone would expect after one year. if you look at the chart, you can see overall data. we made the chart in two ways. the one on the right is graduation requirement. where it says a-d, those are the grades. the students have met those requirements with a grade of a-d. and the chart on left if they made those a-c, those are uc
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eligible as opposed to graduating. the dark green are the students on track, 2,216. those students are current juniors. they have 110 credits and they have met all of their benchmark classes. they have taken the classes we expect them to take on graduate on time. the next largest group of students, 1,119. in the light green area. those students have the credits but missing the courses required for graduation. that could be because they failed it or from another district. in general they are attending and achieving credits. but if they don't make up the benchmark courses, they won't graduate. and then the other categories where we have 7% of our
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students, 296. those students are one-year behind. and you see we have set targeted outcomes and goals for the students. but typically those students end up in our continuation schools. but with opportunities to achieve credit recovery through evening school and dual enenrollment. they can graduate if they take advantage of multiple opportunities. and then the students in the last two categories who are very, very off track. and those are students who may in a ged program such as early morning studies or in gateway to college. or in another program to achieve post-secondary. we have all of these charts by ethnicity. and i want to gauge everyone
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where we are in time and length. it takes time to go through the data. i want to point out where we have it. the next slide shows a breakdown by ethnicity. and you can see where students are overall. and then we ran some charts on our largest group of students. and our african-american, latino and chinese population. so this next pie chart shows the percentage. these are current juniors. who are african-american in the system, and it shows how many are on track or off track. so you can see out of the 323 students, we have 84 who are on track. but the remainder need to have credit recovery options in order to be able to graduate on time.
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of our latino students of 323, in the 11th grade. sorry. wrong chart. 821. in the 11th grade. you can see that we have 265 who are on track. meeting their benchmark courses. that remainder, the 364 and 114 and 39 and 39 will not graduate on time unless they are afforded the opportunity to take credit recovery or more opportunity for classes. the current students chinese in 11th great, 1724. we see we have a large percentage of them on track. 1237. because we have a large number to begin with, but our percentage while it looks smial.
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the number is high, student who is are not making progress towards graduation or will not graduate at the end of next year without the opportunity for a credit recovery course. or students who are english learners and there is overlap in this category, because the chinese and latino and other ethnicities will be reflected. we have 733 current juniors and 224 of them are on track with the remainder off track. and needing more opportunities to graduate. our students who received special ed services, and again there is overlap. we have 364 who are current juniors and 79 or 22% have made
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adequate progress towards gradua graduation but the remainder need extra opportunities. when we define it at that level and what the schools receive as part of their individual plan. they receive the information specific to their school site and the names of the students. as a principal or counselor, i can look and see the list of students who have credits but these are the courses they are missing that are graduation requirements. we gave a common language and common way to target the students. now the counselors are tasked having individual counseling sessions with those students. we have a standard form and tracking form where they report back the progress of having the
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conversations and conferences. and report back so we can assess their progress. they are doing that now until thanksgiving break was the goal to have all of those conferences. the other thing we wanted to as a district was to do a better job of doing outreach in the community. and providing the same counseling sessions that a student can get at his or her school in the neighborhood. so if a family member or parent or guardian wanted to attend. but couldn't make it to the school, there would be another option. we have a series of meetings scheduled with community session, and our first one is tomorrow meeting at omega boy's club and then we are scheduled at coleman and cabrillo.
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so our goal with that is to outreach to families, doing mailings, calls, etc. and give them the opportunity to meet with a counselor and understand about the requirements. and see where their child is towards those requirements and hear about credit recovery options. so the other thing that we need to do is make sure that we are expanding our credit recovery options. so that the students have the opportunities to take the courses that they are lacking or fail. the task under this is to ensure that the credit recovery options at all sites are restored. we had the school district a grant from the state for 20% of afterschool funds. in the summer after the budgeting

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